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WHO
WE ARE

STAFF

Wendy McDermott

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. He holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine on the Sawatch range

Wendy...

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Agricultural Projects Manager

natalie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Natalie Allio

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. He holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine on the Sawatch range

The focus of Natalie’s work is “keeping working lands working” through innovative and collaborative programs with Central Colorado Conservancy and the Upper Arkansas Conservation District. Drawing on her own experience in agriculture and her education in Ecopsychology and Collaborative Solutions in Natural Resources, Natalie leads innovative and collaborative programs that support water quality, water quantity and soil health in the Upper Arkansas Watershed.

 

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado: pretty much any place that can be accessed from the back of a horse

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

Sarah Hamilton

Agriculture Projects Manager

sarah@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

Watershed Restoration Specialist

buffy@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

Membership Coordinator 

julie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. He holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine on the Sawatch range

Buffy coordinates our collaborative watershed restoration projects. She holds a BS in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in Ecology from Colorado State University. She and her husband served in the Peace Corps in Mexico, conserving the natural resources of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. They are raising three daughters who love to camp, ski and paddle board--and hope to grow deep roots in the Arkansas River Valley.   

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

the combination of many wonderful places like O'Haver Lake, Fooses Creek, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, any aspen grove...

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. He holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine on the Sawatch range

Sarah implements collaborative programs to help producers and landowners meet the challenges facing agriculture today. She lives in Leadville and works in with the Lake County Conservation District around issues of water, land and soil health. She grew up living and working on a farm in the lower Arkansas Valley and studied Biology at Colorado College. These experiences instilled in her a passion for connecting people with how and where their food is grown and for viewing conservation through the lens of agriculture. 

 

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Any swimming hole along the Arkansas River on a hot day

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. He holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine on the Sawatch range

As membership coordinator, Julie is the first person to get to know you at the Conservancy. Her work with the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas began in the spring of 2013. She is from Kansas City where she grew up, raised her children, was a board member and volunteered with Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, and was an elementary teacher for over 25 years. In 2003, she assumed the role of director at the girl’s camp, High Trails Ranch, Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO for the next 10 years. 

 


Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

looking out her front window, sunrises, sunsets, stars and exploring around Salida

Julie Richardson

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

Robert Tallmadge

Board Member

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

the view from the top of Mt. Elbert when the aspens are changing, the swimming beach by Rincon and the view of the Collegiates from Trout Creek Pass

Hallie Mahowald

Interim Board President

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

the remote upper stretches of Browns Canyon National Monument

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

the remote upper stretches of Browns Canyon National Monument

Marcus Selig

Treasurer

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

high up in the Sawatch Range, the craggy less-visited peaks of White, Tabeguache, Jones and Antero and the valleys and streams between them

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

high up in the Sawatch Range, the craggy less-visited peaks of White, Tabeguache, Jones and Antero and the valleys and streams between them

Michael Fisher

Secretary

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the unroaded backcountry that has fish and elk

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the unroaded backcountry that has

fish and elk

Aaron Kindle

Board Member

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

the mountains of the Southern Sawatch Range and the Arkansas River as it runs through Southern Chaffee and Northern Fremont Counties

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

the mountains of the Southern Sawatch Range and the Arkansas River as it runs through Southern Chaffee and Northern Fremont Counties

Cammeron Larson

Board Member

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

 

Penitente Canyon grabs my heart—climbing, hiking, forest, desert, night-sky camping and cultural history

John McGowan

Board Member

Gina Peters

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

 

anywhere the birds can be heard unobstructed by the sounds of civilization high up in the Sawatch Range

Gina Peters

Board Member

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Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the unroaded backcountry that has fish and elk

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

anywhere along the Continental Divide Trail

Rob White

Board Member

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